WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST TREATMENT
Prepare for your appointment by having something light to eat and wearing loose-fitting clothes. Your initial treatment will be longer because I will perform a complete health history interview. If applicable, I will also ask you a series of questions about your symptoms as well as look at your tongue and feel your pulse. I do a thorough assessment, and I take time to explain everything and answer all your questions. These diagnostic tools will determine how the qi is moving in your body and help me develop a treatment plan. There are over 350 acupuncture points throughout the body, but I typically use between 4 and 20 needles for each treatment. The actual insertion and removal of the needles usually doesn’t hurt or draw any blood. At worst, you’ll feel a slight prick as the needle goes in. Once the needles are in place, you’ll lie on a massage table for about 20-30 minutes. Many people report feeling a pleasant tingling sensation and a sense of calm. Most people take a nap during their treatment and feel relaxed and peaceful when their session is over.
Your treatment may also incorporate one or more of the following other modalities: electro-acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, tui-na, TDP heat lamp, moxibustion, manual stretching, Chinese nutritional therapy and dietary counseling, or Chinese herbal formulas.
More information on these additional modalities can be found here.